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Charles Barkley predicts this ex-Cat will be NBA Rookie of the Year

The NBA’s 2019-20 regular season opened Tuesday night with defending champion Toronto beating New Orleans 130-122 in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-102.

Before the balls started bouncing, however, TNT analyst Charles Barkley made his prediction for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Tyler Herro.

That’s right, Sir Charles says that the Miami Heat guard and former Kentucky Wildcat will win Rookie of the Year honors at the end of the season.

Taken by Miami with the 13th overall pick in the draft, Herro had an excellent preseason, averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and two assists per game.

The Heat opens its regular season on Wednesday night against visiting Memphis.

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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